Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken

I am a condiment loving girl.  Always have been.  Always will be.  I've never met a sauce I didn't like, but I'd have to say honey mustard ranks pretty high up there on my list.  So, to say I was excited when I saw this chicken from Lauren's Latest would be an understatement.

A chicken that is cooked in one of my all-time favorite sauces and uses one of my favorite kitchen tools for the cooking process.  This is definitely a recipe is right up my alley.  What's not to love? Simply combine a few simple ingredients and throw it in the slow cooker.  And viola!

Another thing that is truly appealing about this recipe, as if I needed anything else.  This is a freezer friendly meal.  Combine uncooked chicken and the sauce in a freezer bag, seal and freeze.  This simple, yet amazing meal is ready and waiting whenever you decide you want it.

One of my favorite honey mustard's is from a local restaurant, and through trial and error I've created a recipe that's pretty darn close.  My favorite recipe has a lot of honey with a little yellow mustard that adds some tang, some Dijon mustard and a little whole grain mustard.  So, all of the mustards are covered in this particular recipe.  But I love it, it's got so many layers of flavor and the mustards aren't overwhelming at all.
So, I've slightly adapted Lauren's recipe so I could have the tastes of my favorite honey mustard.  To me there's nothing better than dunking a chicken nugget or chicken strip in a big bowl of honey mustard, and this slow cooker honey mustard chicken does all the dunking for you.  Sticky honey, tangy mustard and buttery, tender chicken.    

Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken
Ingredients:

2 Chicken breasts (about 1 lb)
1/2 Medium onion, diced
1 Clove garlic, minced
3/4 Cup honey
1/4 Cup dijon mustard
2 Tbsp yellow mustard
2 Tbsp whole grain mustard
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
Chives, optional

Directions:

*Combine honey and mustards in a bowl and whisk to combine.  Add the onion and garlic and stir.  Place the chicken in the slow cooker and pour the honey mustard mixture over the chicken.  Turn the chicken to coat. Add the butter, cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or until chicken is fully cooked.

Remove the cooked chicken, shred and return to sauce.  Keep warm until ready to serve.  Stir in chives if desired.

Serve over rice.

*For a freezer meal, simply combine all the ingredients except chives, in a freezer bag.  Seal the bag and place in the freezer.  When ready to cook, remove the chicken and allow to thaw, then place in the slow cooker.

Recipe source: barely adapted from Lauren's Latest

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